Board of Directors - Bios

 

 

CHRISTINA MELTON CRAIN of Dallas, Texas (president and member, executive committee). Crain is the founder and president/CEO of Unlocking DOORS. She is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Texas Corrections Association. She is a former chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and serves as the prisoner representative on The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Institutional Review Board. She is a past director of the State Bar of Texas and past president the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. She is a life member of The University of Texas College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council, board member of the Center for Missing/Exploited Children-Texas Region, and a trustee of the Dallas Bar Foundation. Crain received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Crain was reappointed as director for Dallas County in 2018.

 

KEVIN MAXWELL of Crockett, Texas (vice-president and member, executive committee). Maxwell is president of S.C. Maxwell Co. Inc., a construction, real estate and ranching business. Maxwell is a member of the Texas Wildlife Association, a member of the Sharon Temple Shriners and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite mason.  He is president of the Crockett Athletic Booster Club and a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Go Texan Committee. In the past, Maxwell has been chairman of the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Crockett Merchants Little League, master of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge and member of the Crockett Rotary Club. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University. Maxwell was reappointed as director for Houston County in 2017.

 

DAVID B. LEONARD of Liberty, Texas (chairman and member, executive committee). Leonard is the general manager and owner of Liberty-Dayton Chrysler, an auto dealership. He is a member of the Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce and a member and past president of the Liberty Lions Club.  Leonard is the director of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Liberty Elks Lodge. He is past director of the Trinity Valley Exposition. He attended Lee College and was reappointed as director for Liberty County in 2013.

 

MEGAN W. DEEN of Fort Worth, Texas (member, legal & public policy committee). Deen is the chief financial officer for the Fort Worth Zoo. From 2011-2015, Deen was the accounting manager at Oak Hill Capital, and from 2002-2015, she was a senior manager at KPMG, LLP. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, Deen is a sustainer of the Junior League of Fort Worth and a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a former committee member of the Harris Methodist Breakfast with St. NICUlas, and former volunteer for the March of Dimes Fort Worth, as well as a volunteer at Trinity Valley School, and the annual giving chair and former finance committee member at the school. Deen received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance and a Master of Accountancy from Texas Christian University. Deen was appointed as a director for Tarrant County in 2018.

 

HENRY BORBOLLA III of Fort Worth, Texas (member, utility services committee). Borbolla is a Fort Worth native and graduate of TCU. He is a banker with Ciera Bank Fort Worth and provides a wide range of financing, treasury management and risk management services to business clients in the greater Tarrant County area. His community involvements include board or committee positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Community Hospice of Texas, Fort Worth Stock Show, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation. Others include DFW International Airport, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., Fort Worth Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Trinity River Authority. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. Borbolla was reappointed as director for Tarrant County in 2013.

 

WILLIAM O. RODGERS of Fort Worth, Texas (member, administration & audit committee). Rodgers is vice president of Collins and Young, LLC. He is a board member of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Edwards Family Charitable Giving. Rodgers received a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University. Rodgers was appointed as director for Tarrant County in 2017.

 

ANA LAURA SAUCEDO of Dallas, Texas (member, utility services committee). Saucedo invests in residential property. She is a former news reporter for KLIF and KRLD radio in Dallas. Saucedo worked for the Office of Minority Business Enterprise, and the Department of Commerce and was instrumental in developing the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce and the U. S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She spent 12 years volunteering with the Parent Teacher Association and was awarded a Life Member Honor by the Socorro ISD in El Paso, Texas. She was elected trustee of Socorro ISD and was appointed to the Texas Commission on Human Rights. She is currently the president of the Pike Park Preservation League and coordinates cultural and historical activities at one of the oldest parks in Dallas. Saucedo was reappointed as director for Dallas County in 2013.

 

JAMES W. NEALE of Dallas, Texas (member, resources development committee). Neale is president and owner of Quorum Energy Company, an exploration and production company in the oil and gas business. He is chairman of the District 9 advisory council for the Dallas ISD and a member of the Trinity Trust Foundation. Neale served as executive assistant to Gov. Bill Clements and as an executive committee member for the Dallas Blue Foundation. He served a term as foreman for the Dallas County Grand Jury in January 2005. Neale earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin. Neale was reappointed as director for Dallas County in 2013.

 

EDWARD C. WILLIAMS, III of Dallas, Texas (member, utility services committee). Williams is managing director of World Class Capital Group. He is a scout master for Boy Scouts of America Troop 125. Williams received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and accounting from Oklahoma University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Williams was appointed as director for Dallas County in 2017.

 

VICTORIA. K. LUCAS of Terrell, Texas (member, legal & public policy committee). Lucas is vice president for American National Bank of Texas. She is vice chairman and former chairman of economic development for the Terrell Chamber of Commerce and treasurer and past president of the Kaufman County A&M Club. Additionally, she is vice chair of development for the Terrell ISD Excellence Foundation, vice president of Friends of the Hulsey Public Library, member of Social Science Club of Terrell and Kiwanis International. Lucas received her Bachelor of Science in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University. Lucas was reappointed as director for Kaufman County in 2018.

 

JESS A. LAIRD of Athens, Texas (chairman, legal & public policy committee). Laird is chief executive officer and president of First State Bank in Athens, Texas. He serves on the boards of directors of First State Bank in Athens, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, the Athens Economic Development Corporation and the Trinity Valley Community College Foundation. He is also treasurer of the Henderson County Salvation Army. Previously, Laird served as president of the Athens Rotary Club, as president and director of the Cain Center and as president and director of the American Heart Association. He served on the board of managers for the East Texas Medical Center, and he has served on the board of directors for the Region VII Education Service Center, the Henderson County United Way and Keep Athens Beautiful. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas in Tyler. Laird was reappointed as director for Henderson County in 2013.

 

CATHY ALTMAN of Midlothian, Texas (member, administration & audit committee). Altman is an attorney and partner at Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal. She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association and Ellis County Bar Association. She is chair of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Ellis County Women in Business, board member of the North Texas Commission and serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Construction Law. Altman received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky School of Law. Altman was appointed as director for Ellis County in 2018.

 

FRANK H. STEED, JR of Kerens, Texas (member, administration & audit committee). Steed is a 45-plus year veteran of the restaurant industry and is president and CEO of The Steed Consultancy. He is president and commissioner of the Navarro County Emergency Services District #1 and a board member and past chairman of the Corsicana-Navarro County Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Texas School of Hospitality and the Women's Food Service Forum. Steed received an honorable discharge from the Mississippi Army National Guard. Steed was appointed as director for Navarro County in 2017.

 

DUDLEY K. SKYRME of Palestine, Texas (member, resources development committee). Skyrme is a retired sales and construction manager for United Bilt Homes, LLC, and is a volunteer of the Palestine Community Food Pantry. He served in the U.S. Navy. Skyrme received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Skyrme was appointed as director for Anderson County in 2013.

 

C. DWAYNE SOMERVILLE of Mexia, Texas (chairman, utility services committee). Somerville is president and owner of Natural Alternatives, Inc., Henderson RV Sales, Palestine RV Center, Eagle Ford RV Park, South Texas Family Housing, and Wash Mart Laundry, and president of Fairfield Homes and Land, LLC. He is a member of the Coin Laundry Association, an assistant scoutmaster of the Mexia Boy Scouts of America, and a youth group leader for the First Baptist Church of Mexia. Somerville attended Kilgore College. Somerville was appointed as director for Freestone County in 2013.

 

JERRY F. HOUSE of Leona, Texas (member, legal & public policy committee). House is the owner of Leona General Store and Steakhouse and the Pecan Grove Café in Leona. He retired after 39 years of serving as a United Methodist Minister. He is a member of the Texas Restaurant Association, Southwest Cattlemen's Association and the Friends of Fort Boggy State Park. House received a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University, a master’s in Divinity from Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology and a Doctor in Ministry from the McCormick Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago. House was appointed as director for Leon County in 2018.

 

DENNIS “JOE” MCCLESKEY of Apple Springs, Texas (member, resources development committee). McCleskey is secretary and treasurer of Angelina Excavating Inc. He is a member of the Texas Forestry Association and the Texas Wildlife Association and a former member and former president of the local Texas Association of Builders. He is a member of the Lufkin Host Lions Club, board member of the Angelina County Youth Fair, chairman of the Angelina County Buyers Group and logistics coordinator for the American Cancer Society Cattle Barron’s Gala. Additionally, he is former secretary and treasurer of the National Wild Turkey Federation Pineywoods Chapter, former party chairman of the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center, former volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and former committee member of the Hudson ISD Advisory Board for Community Involvement. McCleskey was reappointed director for Trinity County in 2018.

 

DAVID G. WARD of Madisonville, Texas (member, legal & public policy committee). Ward is the owner of David Ward Investments and D&J Storage. Ward is a native of Madisonville who attended the University of Houston and graduated from Universal CIT-School of Finance, Ford Motor Company School of Dealership Management and General Motors University of Automotive Management. He is a member and past president of the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattleman’s Association and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. He is the past chairman of St. Joseph Foundation and Madison St. Joseph Health Center as well as an audit and compliance committee member of the CHI St. Joseph Health System; he is also past chairman of the Madisonville Building Standards Commission, Bryan Building Standards Commission, Brazos County Economic Development Council, Madisonville Crime Stoppers and the Madisonville Fire Board. Ward is the past president of the Madison County Economic Development Corporation and president of the Madison County ISD Scholarship Foundation. He is a life member of the Madison County Fair Association and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and a member of the Madison County Go Texas committee. Ward was appointed as director for Madison County in 2018.

 

TOMMY G. FORDYCE of Huntsville, Texas (chairman, administration & audit committee). Fordyce is a retired director of the Texas Criminal Justice Agribusiness Department. He is chair of the Huntsville Economic Development Council and vice president of the Lone Survivor Foundation. He is also a member of the Texas Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council, the Kick Start for Kids program and the Huntsville Veterans' Affairs Advisory Board. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Vietnam War veteran. Fordyce earned a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. Fordyce was reappointed as director for Walker County in 2013.

 

STEVEN L. ROBERTS of Coldspring, Texas (member, resources development committee). Roberts is counsel to (and a former partner of) Eversheds-Sutherland, and a former partner of Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright). He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, International Association of Drilling Contractors, Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Roberts is actively involved in adolescent drug recovery and education, and was a founding director/member of ArchwayAcademy.net and Cornerstone. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked for the Department of Corrections. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science in criminology and corrections from Sam Houston State University and a law degree from the University of Houston. He currently serves on various local boards and committees, including the San Jacinto County Appraisal District and works on the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, Grand Entry Committee. His work and service as a lawyer has been recognized by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, the Texas Bar Foundation and other organizations. Roberts was appointed as director for San Jacinto County in 2018.

 

MANNY RACHAL of Livingston, Texas (member, utility services committee). Rachal is president of Shrimp Boat Manny’s, an established seafood restaurant since 1985. He is a successful real estate developer in Polk and Angelina counties, creating both Rachal Properties and M&N Investments. He is a member of the Polk and Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. Rachal was previously an active member of the Lafayette, Louisiana, Jaycees and the Evangeline Area Boy Scouts Council. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Rachal was reappointed as director for Polk County in 2017.

 

JOHN W. JENKINS of Hankamer, Texas (chairman, resources development committee). Jenkins is a self-employed partner in a major farming enterprise. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree. He is a member of the Anahuac Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the boards of the Anahuac National Bank, the Texas Rice Council and the American Plant Food Corporation. Jenkins is also a committee chair for the Texas Gatorfest Committee. He is a former board member of the Trinity Bay Conservation District, the Devers Canal Rice Producers Association, the Trinity Valley Exposition, the Texas Rice Festival and the Chambers County Farm Bureau. Jenkins was appointed as director for TRA’s Chambers County in 1997. He was reappointed as director at large in 2009. Jenkins served as president of TRA’s board of directors from 2003-2005 and as vice president from 2001-2003. He was chairman of the executive committee from 2005-2007 and chairman of the resources development committee from 2000-2002. He served as chairman of the administration committee from 2007-2009 and chairman of the legal committee from 2009-2011. Jenkins was reappointed to the board in 2017 as director for Chambers County; he previously served on the board as director at large.

 

 

 

AREA-AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBERS

 

WHITNEY D. BECKWORTH of Fort Worth, Texas (member, utility services committee). Beckworth is an associate, in the litigation practice group, at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, and Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. Beckworth received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law. Beckworth was appointed as director at large in 2017.

 

ROBERT F. MCFARLANE, M.D. of Palestine, Texas (member, resources development committee). McFarlane is a cardiologist with East Texas Physician’s Alliance and chief of staff at Palestine Regional Hospital, and he is the managing partner of the BigWoods on the Trinity. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association and past director and a lifetime member of the Texas Wildlife Association. In addition, he founded the Trinity Waters Foundation and served as its president for five years. He also founded East Texas Black Gumbo Retriever Club. McFarlane received a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Harvard College and a Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. McFarlane was appointed as director at large in 2017.

 

AMIR RUPANI of Dallas, Texas (member, administration & audit committee). Rupani is chief executive officer and president of King Import Warehouse. He is also president and chief executive officer of Texas Prince Inc. He serves as chairman of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce and on the board of directors for the World Affairs Council in Dallas/Fort Worth. Formerly, he served on the board of directors for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dallas Citizens Council, the Dallas Assembly and the Dallas Planning and Zoning Board. He is the founder, organizer and former president of One World Holding Inc. and former chairman of One World Bank. Rupani was named Businessman of the Year in 2005 by the Pakistan American Congress in Washington, D.C. He received the Pioneer Award in 2006 from the Dallas/Fort Worth Asian American Citizens Council and the Minority Business Leader Award in 2008 from the Dallas Business Journal. Under his leadership, King Import Warehouse was named Exemplary Importer/Exporter Firm of the Year in 2004 by the Minority Business Development Agency, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. King Import Warehouse was named the Fastest Growing Company in Dallas by the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in 2004. Rupani attended City College of Karachi in Pakistan. Rupani was reappointed as director at large in 2013.